Theatre Lovers James Robert Adams and Jonathan Judson Boyles Design PlaybillVIP for Their Wedding

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28 Aug 2013

Photo by Steven Rosen Photography

Many newlyweds feel like celebrities on their wedding day. The ceremony and celebration make lovebirds the center of attention and subject of countless photographs. But James Robert Adams and Jonathan Judson Boyles are already being mistaken for celebrities by complete strangers.

Adams and Boyes, who will marry Aug. 31 in Brooklyn, designed a PlaybillVIP for their wedding. The booklet, which has been sent to the guests of the grooms, features a photo of the couple on the cover, and when Adams was dining with a friend in a restaurant and the friend left the Playbill on the table, diners nearby thought it was a Playbill for a Broadway show.

"They got really interested because they assumed it was a produced Playbill and that I was the star in this show they hadn't heard of," Adams said.

PlaybillVIP launched in January 2013, offering schools, colleges, amateur and community productions the opportunity to create Playbills for their own productions and events. The Virtual Internet Playbill ( is the new online tool that allows users to create the authentic Playbill; for a charitable donation, which will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Actors Fund and UNICEF, the PlaybillVIP can also be printed for distribution to audiences in the theatre.

While Adams and Boyles' PlaybillVIP is not of a musical playing on the Great White Way, it does feature the stars of the two men's wedding. The book lists the events preceding the wedding as well as the day of and after, biographies of Adams and Boyles and biographies of everyone helping to officiate the ceremony — of which there are 26, including the best man, their dog, Buzz St. Valentine Adams-Boyles.

"The way we look at it, our group is marrying us," Boyles said. "We have something like 26 different roles — 26 individuals who are going to have a role in the wedding."

The idea of a group marrying the men and the wedding's staging, which will feature everyone in a circle around Adams and Boyles, was inspired by a Quaker tradition related to the two by a friend.

"It's not a priest or pastor that does the marrying; it's actually the entire congregation," Adams said. "I thought that was a really neat idea. It was a way of not subscribing to any particular religious organization, but still having the powerfulness of our friends uniting us with their spirit. I think [it also] underscores how important they are to us. Our relationships with our friends are really important, and it's our relationships with other people that support our relationships with each other."

"We have such a close connection with our friends and family, and what made marriage interesting to me was having it celebrated and witnessed by all these friends, having them as a group perform the marriage," Boyles added.

Adams and Boyles first met in Virginia, where they both attended college. After Boyles graduated, the two stayed in touch through phone calls, e-mails, mixed tapes and visits. They almost moved to Atlanta, going as far as reading over the lease for an apartment together, until Adams admitted he actually wanted to move to New York instead — due, in part, to his love of theatre.

"When my sister looked at the Playbill, she thought it's exactly us, because whenever she thinks about Broadway, she thinks about James," Boyles said.

View the PlaybillVIP for Adams and Boyles' wedding here.

Adams' thesis in college was on Broadway theatre, and, recounting the political aspects of works like Show Boat and West Side Story, he said, "It's really neat that we're on the edge with radical social change as well, with gay couples getting married."


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